How to Remove Stamps from Envelopes

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With a little steam and some care, stamps can often be removed from envelopes. Use these tips to learn how to remove stamps from envelopes.

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December 20, 2004

Here's a tip for stamp collectors: Place a few drops of water on the stamp to be removed from the envelope. Heat in the microwave for 20 seconds and the stamp will come right off.

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I have some stamps that are stuck on old letters and was wondering how to get them off. Thank you!

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March 9, 20170 found this helpful
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Are the stamps stuck to the letters? Or the envelope. If the stamps are stuck to the envelope, you can cut around the stamp - then in hot water let the stamps sit in the water for a few seconds until you can peel the stamp away.

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Here is an example: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaYKdK7A2OY

I do this method with stamps when I accidentally don't need to mail anything because I bill pay already.

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March 9, 20170 found this helpful
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I just tried it with a blow dryer and it worked. Put the hair dryer on high heat and blow on the stamp until it gets hot enough to loosen the glue. Carefully peel the stamp up while blowing medium heat on the glue as you peel. It only took a minute or so for me to remove this stamp.

This method also works great for removing labels from plastic containers and other purchases you make.

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March 10, 20170 found this helpful
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Most of the methods stated will work at some time or other but my question would be why are you wanting to remove the stamps?

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Stamps on mail that has been through the USPS cannot legally be removed and reused.
If you are wanting to save these stamps for a collection then here are a couple of really good sites that have excellent instructions:

stamps.org/Stamp-Tips

www.wikihow.com/Remove-a-Stamp-from-Its-Envelope

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January 7, 2012

How can I remove postage stamps from return envelopes from charities I'm not going to donate to? I read about using a hairdryer, but I can't get that to work. It seems a shame to throw out the stamp when I am not using it to send a donation. I'm talking about the stamped envelopes that come as enclosures from a charity requesting a donation. Is it ethical?

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January 9, 20120 found this helpful
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I don't think it's right to use a charity paid for stamp if you don't donate to that charity in other ways, frankly. I do understand though-postage is going up and a lot of us are on strictly restricted budgets, the temptation is incredible.

But wrong to succumb to. Just my opinion, but if my adult son did that I would speak to him about what he is teaching my grandson.

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January 9, 20124 found this helpful
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Someone said she didn't think it right to use a stamp from a charity. So she'd just trash it? If that stamp is mailed to me then it's mine to use as I choose. Sometimes there is so much waste in those charities. I don't believe in waste even if it is a 40 something stamp. In addition, they probably aren't paying for those stamps so why would they be mailing them out knowing a great percentage won't be used.

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As to your question: Bring a pan of water to boil on the stove and lay the envelope above the pan but not touching the water. The stem will release the stamp; I've done it when I've put a stamp on an envelope and decided not to use that envelope. And call me dishonest if you wish, but I'd have no problem if that stamp was mailed to me from a charity because I don't like unsolicited mail or phone calls. My 2 cents worth.

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How can I remove stamps on an envelope that have not been canceled by the post office?

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January 2, 20200 found this helpful
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If you are doing this for collecting purposes then here is a link to ThriftyFun answers to this question:

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www.thriftyfun.com/tf13724883.tip.html

But if you intend to remove stamps to use later then you should know it is illegal to remove and reuse stamps on mail that has been through the USPS system.

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January 2, 20200 found this helpful
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If it went through the mail and wasn't cancelled, it is illegal to remove for reuse.

about.usps.com/.../welcome.htm

If you just messed up the envelope after it was stamped, best to ask your post office to exchange it.

If it is to collect the stamp, hold it over a tea kettle to steam it off. Carefully remove with a tweezers.

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January 2, 20200 found this helpful
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According to the law it is illegal to do this. You are not allowed to remove the stamps that have been delivered to you. However, if you made an envelope and did not mail it to the person I would check with the post office and see if they will replace the stamps for you. If you just want to collect stamps steam is the best way to remove them.

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January 2, 20200 found this helpful
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People steam them off with steam from a teakettle. It is against the law to use them again for sending letters, since they were already used.

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April 14, 2017

There are several ways to remove a stamp from an envelope. This is a page about freeze an envelope to remove a stamp.

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